• From 29 March 2021, people should continue to volunteer from home where possible. 
  • People can leave their home to volunteer if they are not required to self-isolate for any reason.  No one should volunteer outside of their home if they have tested positive for coronavirus or a member of their household or support bubble has symptoms of coronavirus. For more information about what to do, see guidance about households with possible or confirmed coronavirus symptoms on GOV.UK.
  • If travelling to volunteer or whilst volunteering, follow the safer travel guidance on GOV.UK.
  • The following exemptions from restrictions for volunteering still apply:
    • While volunteering, people can meet in groups of any size, indoors or outdoors.
    • Volunteering that cannot be done from home can continue in a closed business or venue whilst it remains closed to the public. 
    • Businesses/venues, community centres and libraries which are otherwise required to close or restrict their activities are allowed to be open and be used, including by volunteers, for a number of specific purposes only.
    • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs and holiday lets which are otherwise ordered to close are permitted to open for people who need to stay for volunteering purposes.
  • Formal support groups are exempt from gathering restrictions up to a limit of 15 participants (aged 5 and older) and there is no limit on the number of volunteers.  For example, 10 volunteers could support a group of 15 participants.
  • Where people are volunteering outside of their home, they should follow social distancing guidelines. In summary, this includes: 
    • Hands - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
    • Face - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
    • Space - Stay 2m apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).
  • People are permitted to leave the UK to volunteer but only where it is not possible to do their role from within the UK. Read guidance on travelling abroad on GOV.UK.
  • Workplaces hosting volunteers should meet coronavirus safety standards.  
  • Government guidance includes the different risks faced by the following groups of people:
    • Those who are self-isolating because they, or someone they live with, feels unwell should not leave the home, including to volunteer. These people should only volunteer from home while they are isolating, and only if they are well enough.
    • Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable or clinically vulnerable should continue to volunteer at home where possible, even if they have had both doses of the vaccine. They can also choose to volunteer outside their home but should take extra care to keep themselves safe by minimising:
      • the number of social interactions
      • the time they spend in places where they can't maintain social distancing.
  • The government has published a letter providing advice on doorstep political campaigning by volunteers during the national lockdown in England. To learn more, read the government guidance on enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus.

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